Flick hints at first Germany start for Nmecha

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Europe: WC Qualification Europe

VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

By Rune Gjerulff

Lukas Nmecha is expected to make his Germany debut agianst Liechtenstein tomorrow. It’s even likely he will be in Hansi Flick’s starting eleven.

Hansi Flick.

Germany coach Hansi Flick has hinted Lukas Nmecha could make his first senior international start in tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein.

With the likes of Timo Werner, Karim Adeyemi and Serge Gnabry ruled out, the 22-year-old Wolfsburg forward could make his way into Flick’s starting eleven for the game, which will be played at his home ground, Volkswagen Arena.

“Lukas Nmecha showed why he’s here in training yesterday. Maybe he will start at his home ground tomorrow. I hereby fuel the speculation,” said Flick at the pre-match press conference.

“I appreciate Kevin Volland very much. He has been in good form at Monaco. Unfortunately, Timo Werner is not there, and Karim Adeyemi had to leave. Now other players will get their chance.”

Thomas Müller also found praise for Nmecha at todya’s press conference.

“The best striker in the world, Robert Lewandowski, is physically strong, but isn’t a rock. Lukas is perhaps quite close to this ideal. I hope he can continue the good run at Wolfsburg with the national team,” said Müller.

“He has already scored a few typical number 9 goals in training. He feels comfortable in the box and is hungry for goals.”

Nmecha has scored four goals in his last five games for Wolfsburg. He scored the winner as Germany’s U21 side won the European Championship with a 1-0 win over Portugal in the summer.

Lineups are posted about an hour before kickoff

Germany

WC Qualification Europe
Macedonia – Germany 0-4
1 Manuel Neuer (C)
16 Lukas Klostermann
15 Niklas Süle
5 Thilo Kehrer
21 David Raum
8 Leon Goretzka ↩61
6 Joshua Kimmich
10 Serge Gnabry ↩74
13 Thomas Müller ↩80
7 Kai Havertz ↩61
9 Timo Werner ↩74
Bench
12 Bernd Leno
22 Marc-André ter Stegen
11 Marco Reus
18 Jonas Hofmann ↪74
19 Leroy Sané
20 Karim Adeyemi ↪61
3 Nico Schlotterbeck
4 Matthias Ginter
14 Jamal Musiala ↪74
17 Florian Neuhaus ↪80
23 Florian Wirtz ↪61
Liechtenstein

WC Qualification Europe
Iceland – Liechtenstein 4-0
1 Benjamin Büchel
20 Sandro Wolfinger ↩84
5 Rafael Grünenfelder
6 Andreas Malin ↩8
23 Jens Hofer
3 Maximilian Göppel
8 Aron Sele ↩67
16 Noah Frommelt
18 Nicolas Hasler (C)
14 Livio Meier ↩46
7 Yanik Frick ↩84
Bench
12 Claudio Majer
21 Lorenzo Lo Russo
9 Rıdvan Kardeşoğlu ↪84
10 Noah Frick ↪46
2 Daniel Brandle ↪84
4 Martin Marxer
15 Seyhan Yıldız ↪67
17 Alexander Marxer
19 Roman Spirig
13 Martin Büchel
22 Marco Marxer ↪8

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